A swarm of 20 drones has completed the largest military exercise of its kind in the UK, according to the Ministry of Defence.
The exercise was the culmination of Dstl’s ‘Many Drones Make Light Work’ competition, funded under the MoD’s Science and Technology Portfolio through the ‘Defence and Security Accelerator’.
Following 2 earlier phases, the £2.5 million contract for Phase 3 was awarded in January 2019.
A swarm of 20 #drones has completed the largest military exercise of its kind in the UK.
Hundreds of scenarios were played out in our Many Drones Make Light Work project.
— Dstl (@dstlmod) January 28, 2021
This was reportedly for an Integrated Concept Evaluation activity to explore the technical feasibility and military utility of a swarm of up to 20 small UAVs operating collaboratively.
The swarm consisted of 5 different types and sizes of fixed wing drones, with different operational capabilities, together with 6 different payload types, flying representative tasks at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria.
“Three operators in Blue Bear’s Mobile Command and Control System (MCCS) managed the entire swarm whilst simultaneously handling different, collaborative payload analysis tasks. The UAVs flew simultaneous Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) cooperative tasks, with Blue Bear collaborative autonomy ensuring they all contributed to overall mission goals.”